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Ann Ruhl Carlson

Early Childhood Licensure Coordinator
M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, University of Minnesota

Institute of Child Development
122 Ch Dev

51 E River Pkwy

I began my career as an elementary school teacher, but have been active in the Early Childhood field for over 30 years.  I am passionate about training teachers to use developmentally appropriate practices.  What do we know about how children learn and develop, and how can that body of knowledge provide the foundation for our work with young children?  I want teaching candidates to ask, “What’s the evidence?” when looking at educational practices.

Much of my work is focused on helping teaching candidates in the Early Childhood Initial Licensure Program bring developmentally appropriate practices into the public schools.  Our teaching candidates spend a full year in a primary grade placement as part of the licensure program. The full year experience, and courses in child development and pedagogy, prepare teachers that are ready for the educational challenges of today and tomorrow. Candidates learn to be reflective practitioners who use their observational skills and knowledge of young children to plan, teach, and assess the progress of their students.

I am the departmental advisor for both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Early Childhood Education. I love to work with college students and help them determine a career path. There are many options for students who enter the Early Childhood Programs at the University of Minnesota.

I am also a certified trainer for the Minnesota Center for Professional Development and regularly provide trainings for early childhood practitioners on a variety of topics: such as child guidance and classroom management, environments, early childhood curriculum, and parent communication.

Courses Taught

CPSY 4993 – Directed Experiences in Early Childhood Education

CPSY 5281 – Clinical Experience in Early Childhood Education

CI 5181 - Clinical Experience in Elementary School Teaching

CPSY 5187- Capstone Project